10 Best Lunch Spots in Tucson: Midday Meals to Savor

Looking to grab lunch in Tucson? Whether you need to get a quick bite before going back to work, or would like to enjoy a long, leisurely lunch, Tucson's favorite lunch spots aim to please.

Stop by Little Cafe Poca Cosa, a Mexican breakfast- and lunch-only cafe in downtown Tucson, and the little sister to Cafe Poca Cosa, which is one of the city's best and most beloved Mexican food restaurants. The menu relies on the best seasonal ingredients for the freshest, fullest flavors.

Another Tucson favorite is Beyond Bread, a local chain specializing in freshly made sandwiches, soups and pastry items. The atmosphere here is friendly, bustling and the sandwiches are to die for.

If you're looking for a gourmet lunch on the go, make a pit stop at Feast, a unique Tucson restaurant that offers carry-out service for every item on the menu. The menu at this seasonally-driven restaurant changes monthly, so you won't find yourself tiring of the same-old lunch and salads. 

Finally, if you're looking for a hip lunch spot in downtown Tucson, try the foodie haven known as The Coronet. The kitchen offers an "afternoon" menu that starts at 11am and runs until 3pm, which offers gourmet offerings such as tartines, gourmet salads and a hearty, Welsh-style "ploughman's lunch."



The trendy Hotel Congress has a happening little cafe that serves what many consider to be the best breakfast around. All the familiar favorites are offered, along with some more creative options such as the Boom Boom (scrambled eggs, cheese and...  Read More



Inspired by the colorful streets of Tepatitlan, Jalisco in Mexico, Calle Tepa is Tucson's latest and greatest Mexican cafe. In a city full of great Mexican food, Calle Tepa manages to stand out from the pack for its great take on Jalisco street...  Read More



Prep and Pastry opened in 2013, announcing itself as a "craft" breakfast, lunch and brunch destination in central Tucson. Essentially, this means dishes are made from scratch and crafted from locally sourced ingredients. The breakfast menu is...  Read More



Roma Imports celebrates the spirit of the traditional Italian deli by staying true to its roots. The small shop carries a huge selection of Italian food goods, including high quality imported meats and cheeses. The menu features a large...  Read More



This charming downtown cafe, located at the historic Stevens House at the Museum of Art, offers an assortment of breakfast, lunch and dinner options. Fine art hangs on the walls, providing the perfect ambiance for enjoying the down-home...  Read More



The Coronet is a brasserie-style cafe situated at the historic Coronado Hotel near downtown Tucson. The restaurant serves old world rustic cuisine with a big comfy patio, plenty of shade, quiet music playing the background, and excellent coffee....  Read More

North Tucson


For a quick bite on your way to work or a day of sightseeing, bypass all those fast food chains and stop at Beyond Bread. The cinnamon raisin French toast is unbeatable, but if you like protein in the morning, try a made-to-order omelette,...  Read More



Tucson Tamale Company's slogan is "unwrap happiness." Well said. With more than 30 different types of tamales, from meaty and spicy to hearty vegan treats, Tucson Tamale Company is your source for authentic and creative tamales in the Old...  Read More



People don't simply talk about Feast, they enthuse. The concept seems simple enough: excellent gourmet food (but nothing too experimental), reasonable prices, and the option to dine in or take out. The menu changes every month – call ahead or...  Read More



The Little Poca Cosa Cafe is the sister to the award-winning Cafe Poca Cosa on Pennington Street. It might be smaller, but it certainly doesn't play second fiddle. The Little Poca Cosa, located on the corner of Alameda and Stone in downtown...  Read More


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